Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Russell Jurgensen
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Here is a color picture of a neighbor’s contemplative pond. I was surprised how it looks so black and white. It got me thinking about other things that may not have various shades but are simply black and white.

A newspaper might have just black print on white paper. Even the pictures are totally black on white where the grey tones are made by printing small black dots. Oreos are black and white. Some sneakers are black and white.

I wonder if the truth is black and white. How important is it to treat the truth that way? Is it ok to exaggerate or blur the lines to make the truth a little grey? What about mixing a little untruth with things that are true?

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:31

Another question might be, why is the truth so important? The best answer I can think of is because falsehood harms innocent people. It also comes around to harm the person who misrepresents the truth.

Let’s really listen to Jesus when he says the truth is important.